|Mutual Power Hercules 630
Evaluations of the Mutual Power Hercules 630:
Kory, January 27, 2005:
Place of purchase: eBay
Date of purchase: 1/2005
Warranty: 1 year
Price: $500 + $50 shipping
Floor stand, crank tension mechanism, 6 point mounting, diamond-dusted swivel clamps. Comes with 12 sets of strings.
This is a great machine for such a low price. I haven't
had any problems yet and I don't see how I could, it just seems like a heavy duty durable machine. Great Product!
Mark, November 27, 2005:
Place of purchase: eBay (new)
Date of purchase: 6/2005
Warranty: 1 year
Upright, spring tensioner, 6 point mounting
After reading the previous review, I decided to stop
biting my nails and just go with this stringer. I have to wonder if the previous review was actually from
the manufacturer. You know how sneaky the Chinese can be...
Anyway, this was my second stringer, after growing skeptical of the efficiency and accuracy of an old,
drop weight tabletop. Delivery was good, assembly was fine, manual was OK.
BUT... in the end you get what you pay for. It's definitely better than my old tabletop (Klipspringer, or
whatever). The tensioner is pretty robust, although I haven't checked the calibration. The six point clamp
system is not too bad. You can flip the four points on the arms for fitting constant beam rackets or the
really fat Wilson "Hammers". I had to buy some hex capped bolts to attach them - don't know if
the bolts were missing. Hole clearance is reasonably good.
But from the tool tray to the clamps, you can see there are little issues with tolerances - everything is
just a little off. The tool tray was really bad, but I could care less about that. What irked me was the
table and the clamps. The clamps glide on a two inch strip that appears to have been added as an
afterthought to reduce the clearance (and torque) between the clamps and racket strings. The clamps are
also pretty cheap. Between the table and clamps, you need to learn how to massage them just right so you
don't lose tension after releasing the string from the tensioner. I'm considering replacing the clamps.
Also, I'm 6'2" and I wouldn't like the table to come up just a little higher. I'm going to put it on
casters so I can roll it out into the living room and watch TV while I string, so it should be high enough,
but it's these little annoying things that might give you an ulcer.
But hey, my wife would've killed me if I spent over 1K on a stringer. If you string less than once a week,
this is probably fine, though it might take some patience and getting used to. Looking back, I would bite
the bullet and get something used but in the 1K range. However, I don't mind terribly tweaking the machine
to get it right, but I guess I should've expected it.
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